Japan 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake: How Many People Have Died So Far?

Japan 7.3-magnitude Earthquake
Japan 7.3-magnitude Earthquake

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit just off the coast of the Fukushima prefecture in northern Japan on Wednesday evening.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a tsunami advisory, with waves of less than three feet expected. The U.S. National Weather Service reported no expected tsunami for the West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, or Guam.

The main quake, which was estimated to have been centered about 37 miles below the seafloor, was preceded by a lesser-magnitude 6.4 earthquake two minutes earlier.

Ordinarily, a 6.4 would be considered a big event, but it was quickly revealed to be a “foreshock.” Large aftershocks are likely for days, and there’s still a very slight chance — perhaps 1 in 20 or so — that the 7.3 might be a foreshock to a larger quake in the next three days.

Japan 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake: How Many People Have Died So Far?

One person has died as a result of the 7.3-magnitude earthquake and 88 people are believed to be injured.

Japan 7.3-Magnitude Earthquake: How Many Homes Have Been Affected?

Close to 39,000 people were advised to evacuate the Miyagi area. The intensity of the earthquake equaled that of the Kobe earthquake of 1995, which killed more than 6,000 people.


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